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From: Adele Vincent
Received: Oct. 10
Like John Fox, I, too, have had an unsatisfactory correspondence with our congressman, Luke Messer. His reply to my first message, about the misuse of the new health care law to hold up the budget passage, was clearly tea party boilerplate. On Oct. 2, after the forced shutdown, I wrote again, this time in anger.
I wrote: “This is potentially much more important than disagreement over particular piece of legislation. Why do you think you were sent to Washington?
“You and other members of Congress are there to govern the country, which means prepare and pass a budget in a timely manner, not leave it to the last minute, and particularly not to hold such passage hostage to the demands of a small minority of House Republicans who represent an even smaller majority of American voters.
“Yes, the country may be divided on some issues, but responsible legislators work out a compromise in the middle ground.”
I went on to discuss the importance of raising the debt ceiling so that the government can pay bills it has already incurred.
Again I wrote: “I hope the Republicans don’t play games with this, because it would be much more disastrous than the present temporary shutdown, threatening for instance the recovery of our economy now under way.
“I can’t help feeling that the tea party freshmen, elected for the first time in 2010, are showing that they are amateurs at government. They clearly wouldn’t last long in business.”
I concluded by writing: “I’m sorry to be responding so angrily, but I am really worried what will happen to this country if we don’t put an end to dysfunctional government.”
I have had no response from Messer to this second email.
I’m sure that tea party congressmen believe they are responding to their constituents. But if they only hear from those who are strongly supportive of their present actions, and those who disagree remain silent — including some of the Republican voters who helped elect them — nothing will change.
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